Windows / Guides

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...windows, plumbing and electrical penetrations. This is an easy way to plug holes in your air barrier that you can’t possibly see - from as small as a human hair...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...windows and doors are properly sealed . New BC Energy Step Codes - A Step in the Right Direction How the BC energy step code works: The BC Building Co...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...windows, face as many of them south as you can to gain heat, and install heavy duty insulation to keep that free heat. Further to that, the house is powered b...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...windows (and walls) aren’t dripping, relax! However, if your basement has a certain musty smell, or telltale black mildew and mold marks in corners or behind ...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...Windows when Renovating or How to install siding so walls can dry , visit the Green home building guide pages at Ecohome.net, North America's trusted green buil...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...windows) and more efficient appliances and fixtures. Certification requires a blower door test where homes are depressurized and tested for air leaks before d...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...windows open. Seal air vents: At least during the time work is happening, covering vents (unless they are operational) will reduce a build up of dust that wil...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...windows (and walls) aren’t dripping, relax! However, if your basement has a certain musty smell, or telltale black mildew and mold marks in corners or behind ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...windows and door openings cut at the factory, otherwise you will likely be using a chain saw on site and will treat your neighbourhood and local environment to ...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...windows can lead to lower energy costs. One example of a progressive developer is ParkLane Homes based in Vancouver, BC. ParkLane is going above and beyond mu...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...windows, as that is where you will have your greatest heat loss. It is also important that they be installed an inch above floor levels to allow for air intake ...